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  • Despite the advance of the ACA, the survey found more than half of small businesses don’t even offer health care to their employees.

  • The fourth quarter of 2015 was a megahit, ending a blockbuster year, with the value of disclosed-value deals growing by 323 percent.

  • IT skills scarcity leads to one in four firms scouring foreign shores for IT expertise.

  • A Unisys study shows that digital transformation is a struggle for IT executives and only 41 percent say they are prepared for it.

  • For the last several years, there has been an increased focus on enterprise technology. 2015 was yet another exciting year, with an increase in available cloud technology; new tools to help manage hybrid cloud configurations; and advancements in security, storage and business continuity services. Headlines continuously covered ground-breaking mergers and acquisitions, all too many data breaches and much speculation over cloud computing. The advances of the past year left the industry with big expectations for 2016 and have resulted in a plethora of prediction pieces about Internet performance, the Internet of things (IoT), the cloud and cloud services, software-as-a-service (SaaS) integrations, and Internet protocols and policies. But with all of the opinions about what IT executives should be focused on in the coming year, it can be hard to know what's just hype and what trends vendors truly need to pay attention to this year. In other words, which predictions will come to fruition and which ones will flop? Dyn's Chief Technology Officer Matt Larson has some answers.

  • With the inclusion of FieldView Solutions, Nlyte is extending its capabilities to include real-time event management for data centers.

  • With its third digital marketing acquisition in a week, IBM announced plans to acquire German firm

  • Budget cuts blamed in Ireland as lecturers down tools and disrupt tech teaching to students.

  • The recent World Economic Forum (WEF) annual conference in Davos, Switzerland, always has a guiding theme; this year's was "The Fourth Industrial Revolution." The Forum, held this year from Jan. 20 to 23, describes this as follows: "The First Industrial Revolution used water and steam power to mechanize production. The Second used electric power to create mass production. The Third used electronics and information technology to automate production. Now a Fourth Industrial Revolution is building on the Third, the digital revolution that has been occurring since the middle of the last century. It is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres." This is basically an attempt to frame the disruption happening everywhere today as part of a larger paradigm shift, which is driven by the systematic disruption of everything. Based on input from Christan Lanng, CEO of Tradeshift, which supplies high-end collaboration software, we examine key IT takeaways from the conference.

  • About 1,700 of 11,000 full-time employees will lose their jobs over the next several months as the company becomes smaller and more focused.

  • Gen. Michael Hayden tells CIOs: "This [cyberspace] is the largest ungoverned space in recorded human history. There is no rule of law up here."

  • IBM announces plans to acquire German digital marketing firm Aperto, as it also launches Watson in India with an emerging ecosystem.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: Smaller and lighter is better, and two or more entities is better at doing business than one. By the way, smaller is also easier to sell, too.

  • Xerox beat the Street in the fourth quarter, but the company's forthcoming split is the talk of the town.

  • Young professionals entering the workforce in 2016 face one of the most turbulent, rapidly evolving labor markets seen by recent generations. The global economy is approaching a Fourth Industrial Revolution, driven by increasing automation within global labor markets—enabled by innovations in robotics, artificial intelligence and smart technologies. A new global research report released by Infosys and commissioned by the Future Foundation during the 2016 World Economic Forum, "Amplifying Human Potential: Education and Skills for the Fourth Industrial Revolution," reveals how Millennials and other young workers perceive the role technology plays in their lives and how this affects the future of work. This research is focused on the concerns, challenges and opportunities facing younger working professionals—namely, the 16- to 25-year-old Millennial group—as they build their careers and respond to the skills demands of current or prospective employers. This eWEEK slide show takes a look at the report's highlights.

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